“Carob” is a new, trending word that you might have heard being thrown around a lot, but do you know what it actually is?
Carob is that chocolatey-looking ingredient that you can only seem to find in your local health food store or in the “health food” aisle at the grocery store. Carob is found in chocolate-like products, but the most common form you would find it in is carob powder.
Carob vs. Chocolate?
Carob is known to be slightly healthier than chocolate which is why some people prefer it over chocolate. What is also interesting is that people who would normally be allergic to chocolate can eat carob without any allergic reactions.
Carob is a healthier alternative to chocolate because it doesn’t contain cocoa powder, which is higher in fat content than carob powder. It also contains powerful antioxidants, high levels of fiber, low amounts of fat and sugar, and no caffeine or gluten.
If you’re on a quest to achieve a healthier lifestyle, then carob sounds like the perfect fit.
Health Benefits of Carob
Carob doesn’t contain caffeine or theobromine, which are two chemical stimulants that aren’t really that good for us. Caffeine affects our nervous systems and theobromine has been known to stimulate the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.
Carob helps fight diseases:
- Carob is said to very healthy and is used to treat diarrhoea in children and adults.
- Carob helps fight against osteoporosis because of its high calcium and phosphorus levels.
- Since carob doesn’t contain caffeine, it has been known to help those with high blood pressure too.
- Carob can help treat influenza (flu), anaemia and osteoclasis because of its high Vitamin E content.
- It has been associated with lung cancer prevention if used frequently.
Carob and a Healthy Lifestyle
By eating carob you can maintain a healthier lifestyle, especially if you’re trying to cut out chocolate. You can use carob to replace chocolate in your favourite sweet treat, like fudge, chocolate milkshakes and even brownies. Carob is naturally sweet so you can stay healthy and still satisfy that sweet craving…score!
Here are a few ways to help you include carob in your diet:
- When you are baking use carob powder instead of cocoa powder.
- Use carob powder in place of hot chocolate powder.
- Use carob in a variety of different baked goods instead of sugar.
Baking with Carob
Try this delicious carob recipe: a banting friendly chocolate cake. It’s the perfect treat for birthday parties, a yummy dessert or just to satisfy a sweet craving at home. Yum!